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Access Point


Access Points or “APs” are the fundamental components in an infrastructure Wireless LAN.

An Access Point provides wireless clients with a point of access into a network.

Access Points come in many different types and configurations: autonomous or lightweight; single-radio or multi-radio; with internal or external antennas; housed for internal or external installation.

An Autonomous Access Point is a relatively intelligent device which is managed directly and holds its configuration locally.

A Lightweight Access Point (LAP) is configured and managed by a Wireless LAN Controller (WLC).

The absolute minimum configuration that is needed for Access Points (APs) includes:

Setting the SSID; setting the channel number (e.g. 1, 6 or 11); setting Radio Power Level (e.g. 50mW / 17dBm); configuring Wireless Security settings: options include WEP and WPA or WPA v2 using Personal or Enterprise authentication: PSK or 802.1x/EAP; setting the supported data rates: 1Mbps, 2Mbps, 5.5Mbps, …

… and much more for Enterprise-grade networks, for example mixed b/g mode, Multiple SSIDs, Wireless VLANs, Captive Portal Authentication, RADIUS servers, QoS / WMM, …

How to implement Access Point


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WPA2 is a term used in 802.11 WiFi wireless networks (Wi-Fi Wireless LANs / WLANs).



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